"...distraction and the wandering mind has now become one of the chief subjects of his prayers."
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"...[the Enemy] has definitely told them to pray for their daily bread and the recovery of their sick."

"Don't forget to use the 'heads I win, tails you lose' argument. If the thing he prays for doesn't happen, then that is one more proof that petitionary prayers don't work; if it does happen, he will, of course, be able to see some of the physical causes which led up to it, and 'therefore it would have happened anyway'..."

"If you tried to explain to him that men's prayers today are one of the innumerable co-ordinates with which the Enemy harmonises the weather of tomorrow, he would reply that then the Enemy always knew men were going to make those prayers and, if so, they did not pray freely but were predestined to do so."

"The Historical Point of View, put briefly, means that when a learned man is presented with any statement in an ancient author, the one question he never asks is whether it is true."


"And since we cannot deceive the whole human race all the time, it is most important thus to cut every generation off from all others..."